Shoemaker's Grille

4.6
850 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Shoemakers American Grille, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, serves a menu full of fine American cuisine. The restaurant aims to provide an enjoyable fine-dining experience and has a large patio in addition to its elegant dining room. Shoemaker's Grille has a full bar which features wine by the glass and bottle in addition to domestic and imported beer and spirits.

Start out with an appetizer to share at Shoemakers Grille such as the onion rings with spicy ketchup or the blackened seared ahi tuna. Choose from dinner entrées like the filet mignon, the double breast of roasted chicken or the blackened grilled salmon filet. For vegetarians, try the personalized vegetable plate.
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k
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service, great ambiance!

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KS
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Christian, was outstanding.
He was professional, attentive, courteous, knowledgable. And eager to please our table. He is a definite asset to Shoemakers.
We will be back.
Food and atmosphere were excellent.
Ken

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MJ
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Waiter was so nice. From appetizer to dessert . Everything was very good. Only thing that was a negative was very pricey cocktails and glasses of wine. Not worth the prices.

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KB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DELICIOUS and outstanding ambiance and service. We loved it!

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Z
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Friendly servers! Would go back again in a heartbeat. Great setting .

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L
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way. Better scallops than in Digby! Rockfish superb. Outstanding wine selection. Chef accommodated my dietary needs. We will be hosting my sons rehearsal dinner here soon. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The dry rubbed aged steak was a little too dry for our liking, but the rest of the food was incredible. The filet mignon with the bleu cheese sauce was the best I’ve ever had. Staff was so incredibly friendly. Everybody was always checking to make sure things were okay. This was our first time here and we will absolutely be back! I’ve already recommended it to everybody!

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KS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining in Lynchburg. The food was excellent with the service being over the top.
We were celebrating a birthday and Shoemakers made it an evening that will be remembered for a long, long time.

Thank you

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O
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, excellent service!

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t
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service staff were very nice and professional as to be expected in a place like this. Food was very tasty and came out in a timely manner. Seating was not the greatest. Our table had a bench on one side and chairs on the other tucked in with 2 other tables kind of close together. And the food although very good I think still a little pricey. A steak is a steak. No matter how well it is prepared it's still just a steak. One small crab cake and one small
to medium filet mignon should not cost 40 dollars plus. Just saying.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The staff Max, Nicole and Shante were attentive but not intrusive.
The food was good and fresh.
And the kitchen was accommodating to slight changes to presentation of the food.
Thank you

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful fine dining experience! We are out of towners so I googled restaurants and Shoemakers popped up so I made online reservation. We arrived and were welcomed by friendly staff. Our server was also very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. All the food was beautifully prepared and the dishes were full of flavor. We had it all lol appetizers, salad, entrees, dessert and coffee. We'll definitely come back when we're in town! Thank you, Shoemaker's !

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GE
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The restaurant itself was ok, drinks were good but some of the appetizers (casino scallaps) and salads (caprese) we enjoy were not available. The substitutes were not very good (scallaps and other salads). The special steak was tough and had no flavor, the sauce we like Heinz 57 and the potatoes with it were terrible. Suffice it to say, I new chef is desperately needed!!

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WE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Jason has taken this historic establishment to new and unprecedented levels. My family and friends all look forward to the continual growth of success that he and his new team will have. Our frequency rate of visits will exponentially increase now that we can trust the quality of excellence, both in food and also in service. Great decision, CT Hotel!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Work dinner

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Shoemakers has long been a favorite of mine and my friends so it is with a heavy heart that I write this less than glowing review. From my understanding it has recently come under new management and a new chef, and while I am open to new changes, I do not welcome changes that lower the dining experience. We ordered the stuffed mushrooms that are my favorite and the mushrooms arrived, less in quantity and quality. They were similar but different in all the bad ways (less butter, less taste to them, and less few them). My friend ordered the crab cake dinner, which came with A crab cake (not the 2 she has received in the past with the dinner) and I ordered the filet which was decent but the historically amazing mash potatoes that come with it were not so amazing. We finished with a piece of chocolate cake and it too was similar to what we've had in the past, but not nearly as good as earlier versions. I love Shoemakers and hopefully they will return to the amazing quality that they are known for with some fun new aditions.

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T
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food is good. Service is excellent. I felt like the cost of the food should have resulted in higher quality food. For instance we paid for a scallop appetizer. They had clearly been split in half and so 2 scallops were served as 4. That was disappointing.

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S
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All six of us had fabulous meals. The Ahi tuna was cooked to perfection, the calamari was some of the best we’ve ever had, and the chocolate martini was the perfect way to end the meal. Wonderful service.

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MD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal !! from apps to the best Filet Mignon to desert !! The steak was A+, one of my best ever !!

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MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had the blackened tuna, roasted rockfish and spring salad. It was the best dinner from Shoemaker’s that we’ve ever eaten. The tuna was perfectly cooked and the flavors of the rockfish with mushroom risotto were delicious. I definitely recommend going there!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good experience. We had filet and NY Strip....cooked perfectly at med rare.. Food was very good. Waiter could have used more training. After describing the nightly specials, asked what was diff between NY Strip he described vs what was on menu...description identical, except 'special' was $8 more. After fumbling over words he finally got to point that the special was a 'Prime' cut vs 'Choice' on menu. Also had to ask twice to refill water. And if he said 'absolutely' once, he said it 30 times....seemed to be his new word of the week. He was young and tried so hard to be suave, cool, and experienced....clearly out of his comfort zone. Mgmt should be watching and listening to their wait staff and hone their skills better for being a top rated restaurant. Else, good overall experience. Would recommend.

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F
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the seafood gumbo, fried oysters, rockfish, and yummy lemon tart! I also ordered a lemon martini to my specifications and it was perfect. The coffee came in a coffee press and was fabulous. Nice dining room to have a conversation in. Don’t miss the chance to go here!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Definitely going back!

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m
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional in every way though I thought the prices might be a little less in the off season. I will go back though because you can’t find better food or service

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JO
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place to dine when I am in the Lynchburg area! Love the food!!

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N
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Shoemakers recently switched chefs and management companies in January. There was a noticable difference in staff training and with the food itself. The food was ok but not as good as past experiences. The entrees were staggered 10-15 minutes so my wife was finishing her meal when I began to eat. When the food was taken away to be boxed, the waitress stacked the plates so the bottom of one plate was touching my food. Her finger was also touching my food as she walked away. Several other tables around had issues as well. One table left without eating and said they were waiting over an hour for their food. I also overheard one of the waiters telling a table the deserts have gone downhill. Overall we were disappointed.

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BB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again Shoemakers delivered. Delicious steak, great service, and the perfect atmosphere. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class everything. I have never been dissapointed going to Shoemakers. Hands down the best restraunt in Lynchburg

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MT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the ambience was perfect for our early valentine's dinner. our server, Jessica, was very friendly and attentive. she made sure I got exactly what I wanted and answered my questions very well. her recommendations and menu knowledge were great! the manager even stopped by to ask how dinner was.
we ordered the meat and cheese board which had a great selection and wine. he ordered the filet medium which was cooked perfectly. I ordered the new York strip au poirve medium rare, so tender. we got vegetables. we had creme brulee for dessert. it was perfectly done, nice crisp top.
the only odd thing was when we approached the host, she asked "how can I help you?" i thought that was a weird greeting, but it was fine.

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D
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've had a bit of a love hate relationship with Shoemakers over the last year or two. It was awesome, then not so much, but we wanted love it so gave it a another try this past weekend for an early Valentine's Day. Glad to report that they have parted ways with the Parry Restaurant Group, who seemed to be funneling their top talent over to the new Parry steakhouse in town, the William & Henry. We were told Shoemakers is on their 4th Chief in the past year.....Now Shoemakers is owned by the Craddock Terry Hotel and things are back where they should be. Steak was delicious and properly cooked, crab cake was amazing, service was top notch, only knock was brussel sprouts were "flash fried", ie. under cooked and hard. All and all, glad to see Shoemakers back on the right track.

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JA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

My wife and I go every year for her birthday, because it's a special place. This year my steak was ful of grissel, and over cooked. She had the Crab cakes, they were nasty no spices just a raw fishy taste. The spring salad we ordered was old and no flavor. But the worst was was the fork mashed potato's were nothing but boiled old potato's scraped out of the skin, and it tastse like it. Waitress said they had new chefs. Hint: BAD MOVE Hire someone that cares about the food not cutting corners to incress profit. Sorry but next year our celebration will relocate. It wasn't the price, or the service, it was your BAD FOOD.........and limited menu selection.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great, service great. Prices seemed very high. Glass of wine $20, mixed drinks $12-24. Overall satisfied, but there are other places in Lynchburg that offer better value for your money.

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CO
New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Went for a celebration. Food was good. Service was ridiculously slow. Valet disappeared so I paid to have to retrieve my own car. Very disappointed.

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NH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have an allergy and the kitchen worked with me and prepared an amazing dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Great food and wonderful service!

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Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice new seafood menu. Looking forward to going back

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The manager Nathan was fantastic. Very professional and helpful. Food was excellent.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for anniversary last Saturday night. Food, service and experience was great as always!

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J
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ordered the prime rib special. The meat was very good but was not very hot when it was served to us.

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N
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

too pricey for what you get. Not that many people in Lynchburg that can afford it. It is for the out of town crowd

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